Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Eastern South Dakota
During dog playtimes, we do the "Gotcha" game. It's basically just stepping in and interrupting the dogs, grabbing their collar and giving them a treat, and having them sit before telling them to go play again. If they aren't wearing collars (which mine don't in the house), then just getting them to pause and sit is enough, although sometimes I'll grab a slip lead and put it on for a few moments before removing it and turning them loose again. It's becoming a habit for our dogs to sit when we go to grab them in play, and look to us for a treat, even when they really want to get back to playing, since we don't end the playtime right then.
My hope is that even if I can't recall one of my dogs for some reason (while they are playing and not paying attention, as soon as I touch them or their collar, they know to stop for a moment for a yummy reward - and if it's a situation that I need to remove them from, I'll be able to at that point. I do also do a lot of recalls at various times and reward highly every single time, because I hope to build an excellent recall in the future. It's never too early to start working on that one!
My Dog: Krissie ~ Beagle Mix Extraordinaire 09/09